Rural Minnesota districts struggle to find school board candidates

Tom Weber

Megan Morrison of Atwater has three kids and thinks a mom’s perspective would fit well on her local school board in west-central Minnesota, so she’s running. But she has no yard signs or that much of a campaign plan.
“I wrote one write-up about myself for one local paper that asked for it, and I went to one meet-the-candidate [event] in a small town next to us, so that’s the amount of campaigning I’ve done,” Morrison said.
Still, that should be plenty to guarantee a win Tuesday. Morrison’s is the only name that will appear on ballots in the race for the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, or A.C.G.C., school board.
Voters across Minnesota will select school board members on Tuesday, but in some districts, there aren’t enough candidates on the ballot to fill all the seats up for election.